Kingsley-Pierson got a rare opportunity to showcase its game at Lewis & Clark Park in Sioux City Friday against Westwood and the result was not what coach Dean Harpenau was hoping for as the Rebels routed the Panthers 8-0.
Westwood set the tone for the night with five runs in the bottom of the first inning off K-P ace Jeff Engle and the Panther failed to back their starter offensively with only four hits on the night. Defense was also a problem as K-P committed six errors, leading to five unearned runs.
"We weren't ready to play," said Harpenau. "We didn't get the job done. We made six errors, didn't get the key hits and their guy threw a four-hitter."
The Panthers had an opportunity to take an early lead as Isaiah Corbin lead off the first with a double, but K-P failed to advance the runner. K-P had another chance to chip away at a then 5-0 deficit in the third as Corbin was hit by a pitch with one out and Engle followed with a single. Eric Sitzmann lined out to move the runners to second and third, but Austin Carlson flew out to end the thread.
Westwood tacked on three insurance runs in the sixth, sending K-P to 13-8 overall and 8-3 in the Maple Valley Conference.
Engle worked all six innings, allowing eight runs (three earned) on nine hits with five walks and three strikeouts.
He also had one of four K-P hits, with Corbin adding a double and Andrew Zellmer a single and a double.
The loss dropped K-P two games back in the North Division of the MVC behind leader Remsen-Union with a game against the Rockets to come Thursday. Harpenau said his team is not out of the race yet, but needs to play at a different level to remain competitive.
"We definitely have to play better baseball if we have a chance to beat (R-U)," said Harpenau. "Our pitching has been decent all year. A lot of it's our fielding and we still haven't corrected it, both mental mistakes and physical errors."